Rethinking cement

The production of cement, the binding element in concrete, accounted for 7% of total global carbon dioxide emissions in 2018. Given the scale of the industry and its greenhouse gas emissions, technologies that can reinvent concrete could have profound impacts on climate change. At the University of Michigan, we are working on composites that produce … Continue reading Rethinking cement

Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

Jacqui Goddard writes on The Times website about an interesting experiment that saw 12 bottles of red wine and 320 stems of merlot and cabernet sauvignon vines spend over a year on the International Space Station for a study that aims to adapt Earth’s agriculture to the challenges of climate change.   Wine aged in … Continue reading Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

A senior official in the Trump administration may have violated US law by publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis

A White House spokesperson said the papers organised by NOAA scientist, Dr David Legates, were not cleared or approved by the administration. Louise Boyle discusses in an article on The Independent website.   ‘Grotesque disinformation’: Trump official fakes White House approval on papers that downplay climate crisis A senior official in the Trump administration may … Continue reading A senior official in the Trump administration may have violated US law by publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis

New wind power research centre in Norway will give priority to offshore wind research

A Renewable Energy Magazine news item describes the creation of a new wind power research centre in Norway, expecting its innovations to benefit Norway and the world at large. Northwind will bring together over 50 partners from research institutions and industry all around the world.   Norway Launches Major Wind Power Research Center Recently the … Continue reading New wind power research centre in Norway will give priority to offshore wind research

New material converts CO2 molecules into useful organic materials

It is encouraging to see new innovations that should play an important role in addressing our low carbon energy transition.  Research from the University of Tokyo and Jiangsu Normal University in China has developed new material converts CO2 molecules into useful organic materials. This was described in a news item on the phys.org website.   … Continue reading New material converts CO2 molecules into useful organic materials

Britain’s Energy Research Accelerator showing results

John Murray Brown writes in the Financial Times about the impact of energy research collaboration by six universities in the Midlands.   Midlands universities in cold energy tie-up A prototype refrigerated lorry cooled by liquid nitrogen, not diesel, is set to be the first beneficiary of a £60m energy research collaboration by six Midlands universities. … Continue reading Britain’s Energy Research Accelerator showing results